DSS-GB are the European Champions
At the end of a fabulous week of competition in Paris at the 4th DSISO European and Open Swimming Championships, the 30 swimmers from DSS-GB were crowned champions!
Not only that, Billy Birchmore was the top T21 male swimmer and Ellen Stephenson was the top female mosaic swimmer. Quite a haul of trophies to bring home. For a full rundown of the swimmers’ awards, take a look at our News page.
The swimmers, coaches, chaperones and families enjoyed a week of ferocious competition resulting in GBR topping the medals table. God Save the Queen was sung frequently and with great gusto by swimmers and supporters alike. World records tumbled and PBs were smashed. When not competing, time was spent cementing friendships old and new.
A hugely enjoyable and successful week was had by all.
For more details of the competition, please take a look at our blog.
New Year’s Honour for DSS-GB Coach
Huge congratulations to our multi-award winning coach, Andrea Manson, who has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for her contribution to disability sport. Andrea is one of our non-parent coaches who gives up her free time and annual leave to support our swimmers on the national and international stage. The honour is well deserved and all members of DSS-GB are grateful not only for the expertise which Andrea brings but also the rapport she builds and the fun she brings to our training events and competitions.
Andrea who received a BEM (British Empire Medal) said of her award “I feel honoured but delighted to be recognised for something that I enjoy doing. Working with people with a disability can be very rewarding and I enjoy helping them reach their goals and achievements.”
We are always on the lookout for talented swimmers to come and join the squad. There are minimum qualifying standards for international competition which can be seen here. If you can swim at or close to these times and have either T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome and would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSS-GB at INAS World Championships
History was made by DSS-GB swimmers Billy Birchmore and Mark Holmes. They were the first athletes from the UK to compete and medal in the new pilot Down syndrome class at the Inas World Swimming Championships in Mexico. Making their mark in style, both swimmers returned home with an array of medals, four gold, three silver and two bronze, plus a World Record for Birchmore in the 50m Freestyle.
To find out more, just take a look at our News page.
DSS-GB will continue to lobby for inclusion of our swimmers at the Tokyo games and if you’d like to help you can sign this petition.